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  1. I would like to give my thanks and appreciation to you all for the warm welcome back. It has definitely been bittersweet. My heart never left Heritage, but I never thought I would return either. I was presented with an amazing job opportunity through another company....and I took it. I had a great six years there before the pandemic issues closed us down. Unfortunately the division I managed was most heavily effected. I was offered to transfer and politely chose not too accept. I feel very positive about starting over at Heritage once again. It is VERY different from
    11 points
  2. 6 points
  3. Yes, goldtops are pretty cool.
    6 points
  4. Jim and Alicia were passing through town so they stopped for a visit at the Jam House. After a meal of ribs and German tater salad we jammed for a little while. Not often do you see two 535s in the same joint.
    6 points
  5. https://www.mlive.com/galleries/AZF2MFJS2RDRDPOOQJVK2RB7I4/ Katie Flamm rest the neck of a H535 Heritage guitar on her head as she applies wood filler before sanding on Oct. 29, 2007. Flamm has worked for Heritage Guitar for three years and follows a family tradition. Her father Claude Dean finished guitars for Gibbons and Heritage at 225 Parsons Street in Kalamazoo. At home in the evening, Flamm has also been teaching her 15-year-old daughter Kaleigh to sand wooden peg head veneers and pick guards. (Kalamazoo Gazette archive photo)
    6 points
  6. +1 for the SD Custom Shop "Greenies" Have a set in my '06 VSB along with 525k pots and Luxe Bumblebees. But I think my fav "hot rod" has to be my fat-necked '16 Amber H535 with ThroBak Pre-T-301s, 525k pots and NOS Bumblebees 😀
    5 points
  7. I do not know if this is a Hot Rod or not but I do find it Hot. This is my variation of a H-125, the Kenny Rambow Model. After seeing the prototype of this guitar I inquired about buying it. They declined. Months later while walking through the factory with Marv, he told me if Kenny would make the body they would make it a Heritage. They allowed me to re-design the body to my specs and they also gave me an ebony fret board, headstock and inlayed "The Heritage". Many thanks to Kenny and Marv. This is a killer. As I have said before, this may not be your cup of tea. This is
    5 points
  8. I spent some time the past few weeks at Jay Wolfe's store, and really compared several Heritage guitars - H575 vs Golden Eagle. They were very patient, and have lots of great guitars. I came home with this beautiful guitar yesterday - it had just hit the shop, and I returned there not to play it, but to play others. This one spoke to me. The solid maple back is just incredible. Plays so easily! Sounds so full and beautiful! I truly hope that all of our members enjoy their guitars as much as I am enjoying this baby!
    5 points
  9. In my opinion the 535 was their flagship. I bought and sold two to get the one I loved the best. They were all great guitars but why should I have 3 when I can only play one?
    5 points
  10. I just was looking at Facebook and a new post said: It is official. They gave me a badge. First day back was awesome.
    5 points
  11. If you ever get down that way look her up at the factory. People talk about southern hospitality but I can tell you hospitality is just as strong in Michigan. Here is one of my photos from 2008.
    5 points
  12. I have a few Heritage's but I always end up with this one for my Hot Rodded model. Custom Academy with Thro-Bak MXV Plus pickups and RS Guitarworks control package. Bound headstock with extra MOP accents, multiple bound front, nice figuring and solid maple block keeping it under control. This one has some Mojo and just fits me as one of the most comfortable to play. She seems to handle any noise I produce. I love all my Heritage's but this one is a special Lady!
    4 points
  13. With all the H-140 talk here is my H-140. 1995
    4 points
  14. Likewise...my first Gibby (back in the day) was a late 60's LP deluxe. I loved the look but could never really get comfortable with the neck and weight. Now that I have been educated and become a big fan of the 140 series, this gold top thanks to skydog52 via ebay is on it's way and will hopefully arrive safe and sound. A trip down memory lane I am hoping , only better.
    4 points
  15. Goldtops are my favorite. I like certain flametops, both of my H150s have nice flame, but a Goldtop with a little green in it is my favorite finish on a guitar. To me they have a more get down to business look about them...
    4 points
  16. According to Mr.Paige, these came out in '88
    4 points
  17. Ditched the EMGs....got into the parts drawer for a facelift
    4 points
  18. I harken back to the spirit of the origin of Heritage guitars. Four guys broke off from the Gibbons corporate establishment and decided to use what Gibbons left behind to make old school, hand built guitars. That was a decision to swim against the current. They had financial problems and difficulties with the administrative parts of the business, yet they survived for decades. A large part of what they did was "custom work", meaning it was normal to configure a neck, finished, and adornments to what the customer or dealer wanted. The guitars were built one at a time with tags on them as t
    4 points
  19. Picked this up from fellow HOC member. Just arrived. Couldn't be happier. Photos don't do it justice.
    4 points
  20. I've never talked about a car my friend actually gave me, but I guess now is about as good of a time as ever. Years ago I wrote a song called Cadillac Car and my good friend Scott loved the lyrics of the song so much he vowed, that one day, he would find a car for me and fix it up, so I could live out my dream. Well he did it. Here's the song... https://www.soundclick.com/music/songInfo.cfm?songID=6629217
    4 points
  21. The story on this SKB is that RhoadsScholar, who lived in the Detroit area, called me to say that there is this fabulous like new SKB at the local Guitar Center. He played it and thoroughly checked it out. Rhoads called me after he left the store and told me this is one I can't miss. I contacted the manager immediately and put money down to hold it. The next day I drove two hours each way to check it out. There were no disappointments. The guitar had been purchased long ago but was stored as a collectible. I used my superior negotiation skills that led to me paying full pric
    4 points
  22. Hello everyone! It had been quite a few years since I have had a Heritage NGD to celebrate. I was at a local shop and stumbled across this. After playing it for just a minute or two, I knew I had to have it. It is a 2016 Heritage H-150 in almond sunburst. Its a lot more cherry red around the edges than the pictures came out. The pictures give it more of an orange-y vibe than it really has in person. It has quite a few mods as well. I know some might not like the mods, as it makes it appear more "G"--style, but it feels and sounds perfect so I am not messing with anything. Once I get pl
    4 points
  23. I had hoped Sergio Mendez would pick up the tune and do it right. Life presents difficult choices, and in that mode I present the original studio version of the tune, absent my dazzling visual presence but with a living, breathing percussionist, recorded a life time ago it seems.
    4 points
  24. Hi all, I have been a member since June and finally getting around to introducing myself. I have been a guitar player for 40+ years. And mainly Strats. I have done my best to love humbuckers without success until this last spring. I took a road trip to Kalamazoo to look at 535's. Ended up buying a 150! It's a beauty. One piece top and perfect neck for me. So I end up playing a whole bunch of guitars and Mike and Pete bring this one out. I am playing it and in walk Marv and Bill. We end up meeting and talking with them for a while. Getting a picture with them and the guitar. What great guys! I
    4 points
  25. Time for a little Heritage SHOW & TELL! I've always been into guitars and fast cars. However, being a working stiff most of my life, the only 'hot rods' I've been able to afford are made by Heritage. After playing darn near every type of guitar made by Heritage, a couple of them I would call 'hot rods'. Why? Because of their sleek design, custom features, high performance pickups, great sounds and light weight...the exact thing custom car builders look for when building sleek, fast automobiles. My favorite Heritage 'Hot Rod' is a light weight (8.1 lbs) H-150 with Korina body
    3 points
  26. Both of my Heritages are hot rods, but of my two H150s, this one bites harder. Seymour Duncan custom shop Peter Green unpotted PAF style pickups (with non reversed magnets), Faber locking ABR bridge and BSW kit, Tonepros lightweight tail, full RS kit pots and caps. I had my favorite luthier re-cut the nut and dress the frets (The Heritage setup was abysmal). This guitar can hang with any Les Paul, and like all of my favorite guitars, it has it's own sound.
    3 points
  27. The good news is that there will be consistency in the necks. They may make several styles of necks, but each in that given style would be basically the same. That's the Gibbons, Fender, G&L way. The harsher news is that the days of ordering a custom roll seem gone, and there probably will no longer be any point in trying out several H-150s from the same year to decide which neck you like best. Not long ago playing Heritages was like going to a barbeque festival. Each meal had it's own special sauce and preparation recipe. Some were better than others and none were identical.
    3 points
  28. It's good to be back! I stopped playing for a few years. I stayed in the music industry running a small record label selling techno in Europe and doing AR work. It was an amazing experience. My job mainly consisted of sourcing out talented artist in electronic music and licensing remixes and working with the artist to create tracks to the labels taste. We released amazing sounds from an unknown German artist who was 18 years old. We also haggled with some of the bigger dogs making music for Ibiza clubs and scored a few solid releases that charted on the techno and deep house char
    3 points
  29. I also couldn't possibly see how one could cause damage to the amp; it's just providing more consistent power levels, and with less chance of nuisances like 60 cycle hum and RF. Unless it was woefully underrated, or some ebay/amazon/wish/alibaba express cheap knockoff style conditioner... but then damaging an amp could be the least of your worries.
    3 points
  30. I’m a big fan of Goldtops. I prefer P90s and if money was no object I would have an original from ‘52-‘56.Money is an object that is hard to obtain so I have my H150GT with my sweat stains and wear patterns. It’s my main gigging guitar. painted and plain wood guitars are my thing no over the top tops for me.
    3 points
  31. You know those rubber pads on your cars brake and gas pedals, that's a bad place to treat with Armorall too.
    3 points
  32. If it's in good shape but just a bit dirty; the soap and water isn't a bad idea to clean dirt, debris, oils, etc... off it. But then I'd recommend following it up with something like 3M leather and vinyl restorer. Or some 303 Aerospace works great on vinyl too, and will restore light fading. I like the black shoe polish idea too, especially if you're got some scuffs or heavy fading.
    3 points
  33. I picked up a Stat Deluxe a few years gone by...
    3 points
  34. New to the Heritage family. Been interested in a while but hadn't seen any in real life. Dealer in town got a few in and thought they were nice. I opted for an Artisan Aged H-150. Wow. Very cool. Excellent build quality, sound and playability. I would prefer a hair fatter neck, but not a show stopper. Here is the latest addition to the family.
    3 points
  35. I know you have a long history of taking a good Heritage, making some mods, and pushing some fine sounds out of it. A great feature of the electric guitar is the ability to change it up. It is a versatile tool and a work of art, just like my car (I wish!).
    3 points
  36. Yep. That was at the first PSP. I walked in there not knowing what to expect and came home with some very good friends. I got this photo shortly after entering the factory.
    3 points
  37. I'm a little in shock that it is on its way here. ASB with HRWs. 60th birthday gift. I never thought I would own one, or really even get to play one unless I got lucky. An odd set of circumstances, a UPS mishap with a Heritage Super Eagle, my wife's tolerance, and and a friend's good will came together and made it happen. Those of you that know me know that Kenny is my guitar super-hero and that I once took a year long class from him at UCLA on the music of Duke Ellington, and spent a lot of time with him in his office just talking music, jazz history, etc. He is a wonderful guy.
    3 points
  38. Once the drooling starts it's only a matter of time.
    3 points
  39. I don't know if this qualifies as an anniversary model, it's more of a commemorative model ... but, as the certificate says.... "This instrument, #P00804, is the only copy of this design ever built, and it is the very last instrument built at 225 Parsons Street in the 20th century. " " The Heritage Eagle Centurion is a fitting tribute to the history and influence that this location represents, and a marvelous example of the Heritage commitment to quality."
    3 points
  40. Finally...i did it! I found my 2nd H-160v! As you can see is quite different from the one I already had (on the left): the body is clear while the other is almost cream, and even the fretboard is darker. The other one has a hb SD Jeff Beck, this one is totally original! I just wanted to show you my new toy... 😁
    3 points
  41. In mid 1998 I ordered a black 150 from Heritage. My local dealer was told they had just the model I was looking for. He said they told him that Roy Clark had ordered a black H-150 and they made two. I got the one he didn't pick. I never thought much about it until one Saturday night when a buddy called me and told me to look at the TV show Hee Hah. Sure enough Roy was playing the same guitar. Marv told me later that Roy knocked that guitar off of a dresser in a hotel and cracked the head stock. Word on the street is that Roy was picking up a guitar from 225 Parsons and called an em
    3 points
  42. This is like encouraging someone to do heroin and once hooked telling them that there is a lot of solid support for them to continue their heroin use. This is how I started out here....I bought a used Heritage and had a question. Then they urged me to stick around and now I have ten Heritage guitars. Beware.
    3 points
  43. The Seths sound very authentic in my Heritage.
    3 points
  44. Hello, Mike here. Posting as MikesGtr. Long time (multiple decades) Telecaster/Stratocaster player. Never owned a Gibson or Gibson style guitar, but always wanted an es335. Never found one I bonded with and now I know why. I was actually waiting for a Heritage H535 to find me and the guitar helped me find this site. Anyway I play in a 80/90's cover band in Massachusetts and having way too much fun playing guitar these days. From what I have read so far, it seems like there are some passionate Heritage owners and I am looking forward to reading the content on this forum and hope
    3 points
  45. hi My name is Martin, but I'm known as Keith Spangle on the internet, and I'm a very lucky person. You may have seen a review of a the H-150 & H-137 on guitar.com. You can find it here - https://guitar.com/review/electric-guitar/review-heritage-h-137-h-150/ . The magazine then gave away the H-150 from this review as the prize in a promotional competition in the UK, and I had the good fortune to win it. My other guitars are Les Paul Goldtop classic 2018, Fender telecaster and a 1980s Westone prestige 250 (kudos if you've played on of those). I used to play them all a lot more
    3 points
  46. Hello all !! I'm Patrick (aka Dex) LOL. Been an admirer of Heritage guitars for many years. Finally purchased my 1st one today !! It's a 1989 H-535, and I am thrilled !! Here's a couple pics from the guy I bought it from. I'll get around to making my own and posting soon. Anyway, glad to be aboard and looking forward to comparing notes and such with y'all. Later
    3 points


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